Keithley's Model 2820A RF Vector Analyzer Offers Improved Speed and Enhanced Measurement Performance
Keithley Instruments, Inc.
Ohio - June 9, 2009 - Keithley Instruments, Inc. (NYSE:KEI), a world leader in advanced electrical test
instruments and systems, announced today that it has upgraded its popular
RF Vector Signal Analyzer
line with new capabilities that reduce signal acquisition and measurement times. The new
Model 2820A RF Vector Signal Analyzer, which provides a 40MHz signal acquisition bandwidth with a frequency
range of either 400MHz-4GHz or 400MHz-6GHz, builds on the capabilities of Keithley's Series 2800 signal analyzer
line. It expands the line's applications for testing wireless devices to today's high throughput, complex
modulation, and wide bandwidth wireless telecom standards. To learn more about Keithley's Model 2820A, visit
Three major advances allow the Model 2820A to provide substantially higher testing speed:
frequency switching: The Model 2820A can tune to a new frequency in just 250μs, which is faster than any
signal analyzer on the market. That significantly reduces total transmitter test time when testing a device that
operates over a wide frequency band or multiple frequency bands.
• High speed data transfers: A new technique allows transferring large amounts of demodulated I,Q
data from the instrument to a PC for analysis via the USB bus at speeds better than 100 megabits per second -
that's 25 times faster than the previous generation of analyzers. The Model 2820A offers two different modes of
operation: conventional front panel control and remote PC control. A "Desktop Control Panel" mode makes high speed
transfers possible by letting the PC control the instrument and act as its processor. This mode bypasses the
instrument's internal processor so data is transferred directly from the DSP-processing blocks to the 100Mb/sec
USB bus. In this mode, the instrument's front panel display is disabled and the information is displayed on the
PC's screen. Users can interact with the PC display and have full control over the instrument, just as if they
were operating it through its front panel. They can capture a WiMAX burst, transfer it to a PC, and process it by
computing nine measurements, including EVM measurements, in as little as 80ms. Power measurements can be
transferred at a speed of <700µs per measurement. The Model 2820A also has the ability to post-process continuous
blocks of data bursts, so users can capture a series of EDGE Evolution bursts without any time-gaps, then
post-process each burst in series, performing demodulation analysis in less than 10ms per burst.
Fast sequence testing: The Model 2820A employs a single-command, multi-operation technique to minimize
transmitter calibration and performance test times. With a single setup, a wide range of measurements can be made
on transmissions at multiple frequencies, multiple power levels, and using multiple standards. Both power
measurements and modulation quality measurements, such as EVM and I, Q offset, are all included in a single data
The Model 2820's combination of fast frequency tuning, a desktop control panel, high speed
USB interface, and fast sequence testing makes it the industry's fastest transmitter calibrator and substantially
reduces production test time and test costs.
Just as important, this enhanced speed does not compromise
measurement performance; in fact, it has been improved significantly:
• Ultra-low phase noise option: A new synthesizer design allows the Model 2820A to provide
excellent low phase noise performance. For example, the phase noise is <140dBc/Hz at a 00kHz offset on a 2GHz
carrier, which allows the dynamic range of EVM measurements to be as low as -48dB for 20MHz WLAN 802.11n
measurements. When the ultra-low phase noise option is used, the Model 2820A can tune to a new frequency in as
little as 1ms. Users can switch between maximum measurement performance and the maximum speed via software with
• Displayed average noise level: In addition to the ultra-low phase noise
option, the Model 2820A's displayed average noise level is better than -143dBm/Hz with the built-in pre-amp
In addition to the existing demodulation and signal analysis options for GSM, EDGE, EDGE Evolution,
WCDMA, HSDPA, cdma2000, WLAN, and WiMAX transmissions, the Model 2820A can now analyze 3GPP Release 7, HSPA+
signals with a new optional personality. Each preconfigured personality provides a robust set of measurements,
instrument settings, and test limits customized for the various standards. These personalities save configuration
time and minimize the potential for operator error.
Continuing Technical Leadership in MIMO Testing. The Model 2820A is among the latest additions to Keithley's
MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) testing system solutions. The new 100Mb/sec data transfer rate allows
researchers to conduct advanced MIMO studies in such areas as channel sounding and beam forming. Furthermore, the
Model 2820A offers unprecedented time and phase synchronization of MIMO signals. Multiple Model 2820As can be
synchronized to capture multiple transmission streams with extremely high accuracy. Signal acquisition
synchronization jitter is ≤250ps, so users can be confident that time delays between signal streams are the result
of transmitter issues or channel conditions, rather than instrument latency. Keithley MIMO test configurations
that include Model 2820A instruments can test MIMO devices with up to eight antennas. MIMO signals can be easily
generated and analyzed by using Keithley's SignalMeister™ RF Communications Test Toolkit software and Model 2920
Vector Signal Generators in conjunction with Model 2820As.
The Model 2820A will be introduced to the
wireless test market at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS), the world's premier microwave conference. In
2009, the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) International Microwave Symposium 2009 (IMS 2009)
will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, as the centerpiece of Microwave Week 2009, scheduled from June 7 through
Model 2820A Applications. Applications include R&D, product development, and production testing of a
growing range of wireless handsets, modules, and subassemblies; femtocells and picocells; wireless chipsets; and
wireless infrastructure equipment. The Model 2820A's operating mode flexibility makes it an excellent choice in
research and education settings.
Price and Availability. The price of the Model 2820A RF Vector Signal
Analyzer is $22,950 USD. Orders are being taken now for delivery in six weeks.
For More Information. To
learn more about the new Model 2820A RF Vector Signal Analyzer or any of Keithley's other RF/wireless test
http://www.keithley.com/products/rfmicrowave/?mn=2820A or contact the company at:
Address: Keithley Instruments, Inc.
28775 Aurora Road
Cleveland, OH 44139-1891
About Keithley Instruments, Inc. With more than 60 years of measurement expertise, Keithley Instruments has
become a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems from DC to RF (radio frequency). Our
customers are scientists and engineers in the worldwide electronics industry involved with advanced materials
research, semiconductor device development and fabrication, and the production of end products such as portable
wireless devices. The value we provide them is a combination of products for their critical measurement needs and
a rich understanding of their applications to improve the quality of their products and reduce their cost of test.
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